The Road Ahead : August 2010
CADAC BBQS Win one of six Cadac Safari Chef gas grill barbecues, valued at $169 each. WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD AUG/SEPT 2010 6 LIFESTYLE WELCOME For these great member prize offers GO TO PAGE 60 RACQ HELP VISIT US ON THE WEB RACQ (Club, travel, insurance) racq.com free2go free2go.com.au The Road Ahead roadahead.com.au Email firstname.lastname@example.org ROADSIDE HELP (24 HRS) 13 1111 TTY (impaired hearing) 3248 2074 Y HELP LINE (24 HRS) 13 1905 Medical, home, accident emergency advice. Motoring legal advice. MEMBERSHIP (24 HRS) 13 1905 Join, pay by phone, enquiries. Alterations by fax 3361 2140 INSURANCE (24 HRS) 13 1905 Enquiries, sales, alterations & payments RACQ Insurance claims 13 7202 OTHER RACQ SERVICES Child safety restraints Advice/sales 3872 8926 Mail order 1800 816 523 Driver education 3361 2382 (Rec. driving schools) 1800 680 039 RACQ Finance RACQ car & personal loans 1300 361 316 Technical advice 3666 9148 Members in country areas 1800 623 456 Traffic & Safety 3872 8925 Advice and investigations Travel services Accommodation bookings in Australia (24 hrs) 1800 629 501 Road conditions (recorded) 1300 130 595 Road travel information 3361 2406 (24 hrs, or see website) Travel bookings (airline, cruises, car hire, tours) 1300 888 449 Vehicle storage 3272 5982 Vehicle inspections 13 1905 OFFICES Head Office 13 1905 P.O. Box 4, Springwood, Qld 4127 Branch/retail offices See 'RACQ' in the phone directory or racq.com. RACQ BOARD Club Patron Penelope Wensley, AO, Governor of Queensland President & Chairman Richard Pietsch Vice Pres. & Dep. Chairman Geoff Leddy Directors Nigel Alexander, Fay Barker, Tony Gambling, Dennis Howe, Elizabeth Jameson, Peter Long, Stephen Maitland, Bronwyn Morris Chief Executive Officer Ian Gillespie ROCK AND ROLL AT GOLD COAST V8S Passes for two include accommodation and more, total value $2120. GARMIN GPS Win one of two Garmin nüvi 3790T GPS devices -- each valued at $549. RICHARD PIETSCH, RACQ PRESIDENT ROADS NEED FEDERAL FUNDS QUEENSLANDERS THIS MONTH have the opportunity through the ballot box to vote for safer and more efficient roads. Federal election campaigns are understandably dominated by issues such as health, national security and the economy. But the Federal Government also has a responsibility to provide the critical mass of the funding necessary to develop and maintain the nation's major highway network. As long as the Commonwealth collects the lion's share of motoring taxes -- most notably some $14 billion a year in fuel excise -- motorists should reasonably expect Canberra to help the states meet their roads funding burdens. And nowhere is that burden more pressing than in Queensland, where, for several decades, federal dollars have barely scratched the surface of a roads funding need generated by population and economic growth. In recent years we've seen federal funding finally permit a start on rebuilding the notoriously dangerous Cooroy-Curra stretch of the Bruce Highway and valuable flood-proofing work in the far north. In south-east Queensland, the congestion-plagued Ipswich Motorway is finally on track to being the safe, efficient inter-city artery its many users deserve. Yet, such is the enormity of the road- building backlog generated through federal-state blame shifting over the years, that much of the Bruce Highway, for example, still requires billions of dollars of funding to address safety risks and flooding problems. That's not to mention the Warrego Highway -- a national route providing access to the energy-rich Surat Basin, disintegrating in many places under its increasing traffic load and dangerously 'throttled' through Toowoomba for lack of a by-pass route. The major political parties and their candidates would do well to remember in this election campaign the day-to-day importance of Queensland's national highway network to families and businesses.
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